Where have the days gone

It’s nearly November and I haven’t posted anything for a while. The world is still in deep trouble with the virus with no end in site.

Back in the Summer when we could head across the border and back freely we enjoyed a couple of lovely visits with the other halves Brother and Sister in-law who are embarking on their next big adventure escaping the rat race and setting up a new home in the absolute middle of Wales.

The goal of our visits is typically a bit of wandering about on some less trodden paths, some good relaxing company and some watery photography is always a bonus. Rain can be almost guaranteed.

The Cambrian mountains are beautiful but can be bleak and there really isn’t much in the way of actual bonafide paths but the payoff is you are probably the only people up there.

Sheltering from the elements
Wow an actual marked footpath

I recommend the Gilfach Nature Reserve some beautiful views to be had a nice upwards leg stretch.

And the Afon Marteg river is so picturesque

Day 12 round two of #30dayswildphotography .. movement

I didn’t have the tripod so had to make do with a handy rock or two.

And who wouldn’t want to spend their days here ..

For most of these shots I was lugging around the Nikon D850 replacement for weight lifting in the gym but my preloved Sony A7s is really impressing me. I got it mainly for video but the stills are just stunning .. ok not quite D850 stunning but they do have their own very pleasing character.

Even though I told myself I would just stick with the one lens … well who was i kidding … I acquired a 90mm F2.8 macro and ok not done much macroing with it yet but it does do well with amazing light.

The Elan valley dam and reservoir network is a short walk away and thanks to the amazing rain in August the upper dam was overflowing.

I have never seen it like this before and the engineer in me is sneakily impressed with what was done 100 years ago. Clearly the environmental considerations would be different now, but they are rather grand.

There are lovely walks around the reservoirs complete with bonus waterfalls if you can track them down.

We came across this spooky wookland

while trying to find a particular one, we failed by the way,

but we did discover this on our wanderings.

I really like the Black and white versions .. somehow the textures really pop.

Next up the glory that is Banbury Rings and its famous tree lined avenue followed by destination the lake district. Oooh and excitingly some fireworks photography in epic locations.

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